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International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2020

American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition is designed for solo performers and ensembles of all ages, nationalities and countries, who would like to challenge themselves in a very competitive environment. The Competition is open for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Piccolo, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Flugel, Tuba and other woodwinds and brass instruments. Participants are required to submit video recording of recent performance for the audition.

In 2020, American Protégé International Woodwinds and Brass Competition attracted a large number of very competitive applicants from 10 countries, including the United States, Great Britain, Poland, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Eligibility

We invite school students and adults to participate in the Competition. There is no age limit for the adult participants.

Multiple winners will be chosen in each of the following age groups:

Category:   Age:
Young musicians  5 – 9
 Junior  10 – 13
 Intermediate 14 – 17 
 Amateur (without Professional Degree) 18 and older 
 College students and professionals 18 and older 

Awards

Winners can choose to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on the dates to be announced, or to receive a Winner’s Package by mail.

$300 Scholarship, Judges’ Favorite Award Trophy, Judges’ Distinction Award Trophy and other Special Awards may be granted based on the judges recommendations.

International Woodwinds and Brass Competition 2020 Results

American Protégé Scholarship Award Winner:

Evan-Clark Dr. Evan Clark is an award-winning performer and researcher who discovers unknown historical music and reimagines the contemporary saxophone canon. His solo performances, ensemble tours and research projects have taken him throughout the United Stated, France, Germany, China, and Thailand. He is the 2019-2020 recipient of the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship for post-doctoral research on music from the Weimar Republic. His dissertation and lecture-recital at the University of Illinois explore the construction of gender in Bolcom’s Lilith. Clark has received top awards from the MTNA National Solo Competition, the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition and the Young Arts Competition. Clark is the Instructor of Saxophone and Jazz Ensemble Director at the University of Illinois, Springfield. He holds the DMA and MM from the University of Illinois and the BM from the University of South Carolina. His past teachers include Debra Richtmeyer and Clifford Leaman.

American Protégé Judges’ Distinction Award (Plaque Trophy) Winner:

Katherine Kim is currently a junior at Bergen County Academies in the Academy of Performing Arts. She became passionate about music at a young age, as it has helped develop greater confidence in expressing herself. She was first introduced to music through playing the piano and later went on to win competitions and to perform twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Upon entering middle school, she learned to play the clarinet and further exposed herself to diverse music by studying at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege. Katherine competed in the North International Music Competition, East Coast International Competition, VIVO International Music Competition, Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, and the Golden Classical Music Awards International Music Competition, winning first prize and performing at Carnegie Hall. Currently, she is a clarinetist in the Symphony Orchestra at the Precollege and is the principal in her school’s band and pit orchestra. She is also a member of the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program. Katherine Kim
Name Age Country/State
First Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 9:
Jinghao Wei, recorder 7 Kunming, China
Student of Oleksandr Slivinskyy
Jayden Chang, flute 8 San Jose, CA
Student of Gregory Melnik
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
Sophia Kim, flute 11 Gyonggi-do, South Korea
Student of Changgeun Kang
Nina Kasamatsu, flute 12 Tokyo, Japan
Student of Jun Kubo
Hannah Cho, oboe 13 Tustin, CA
Student of Victoria Lee
Jiayi Angela Yin, oboe 13 Melbourne, Australia
Student of Stephen Robinson
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
Alina Chen, flute 14 Auckland, New Zealand
Student of Melanie Lancon
Daniel Choi, oboe 15 Pleasantville, NY
Student of Nathan Hughes
Jamie Tan, flute 15 San Jose, CA
Student of Xuemei Zou
Kazutada Nakao, alto saxophone 15 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Shay Salhov
Małgorzata Cieszko, oboe 15 Śląskie, Poland
Student of Piotr Pyc and Zuzanna Cieszko
Seung Hee (Sunny) Rhew, Bb clarinet 15 Ridgewood, NJ
Student of Seungho Choi
Ashley Zhuang, flute 16 Sunnyvale, CA
Student of Xuemei Zou
Caroline Gong, flute 16 Pleasanton, CA
Student of Isabelle Chapuis
Eric Yoon, Soprano Saxophone 16 Norwood, NJ
Student of Matthew Gramata
Katherine Kim, clarinet 16 Old Tappan, NJ
Student of Renee Rosen
Qiaoyin Bo, bassoon 16 Shenzhen, China
Ashley Ko, flute 17 Saratoga, CA
Student of Liling Chen
Hannah Zhang, euphonium 17 Sugar Land, TX
Student of Steven Vogel
Hyeil Helen Kim, flute 17 Auckland, New Zealand
Student of Christine Kim
Joanna Hsieh, flute 17 Los Altos, CA
Student of Isabelle Chapuis
Katherine Woo, oboe 17 San Jose, CA
Student of Yeseul Park
Laura Gong, flute 17 Campbell, CA
Student of Xuemei Zou
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Evan Clark, saxophone 28 Urbana, IL
Jiaqi Liu, clarinet 27 Columbus, OH
Student of Caroline A. Hartig 
Kayla Gilmore, flute 20 Chester, WV
Student of Kathryn Umble and Michael Maizels
Yeji Park, flute 25 Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Student of Judith Mendenhall
Amateur:
Evelyn Hur, flute 18 Seoul, South Korea
Student of Joohee Lee
Second Place Winners:
Young Musicians Category, Age 5 to 9:
Apollo Premadasa, trombone 6 Harrow, Great Britain
Student of Rob Burgess
Daniel Ping, flute 7 New York, NY
Student of Grace Thompson
Junior Category, Age 10 to 13:
Sahana Manikandan, oboe 12 Princeton, NJ
Student of Barbara Witmer
Elise Kang, french horn 13 Scarsdale, NY
Student of Ginger Lai Kokoszka and Amanda Tabor
Gavin Huang, Bb clarinet 13 Milpitas, CA
Student of Julianna Tzeng
Michal Pasierbek, oboe 13 Śląskie, Poland
Student of Piotr Pyc
Intermediate Category, Age 14 to 17:
Jaehyun Lim, clarinet 14 Saratoga, CA
Student of Song Kang
Kang Yoon, flute 14 Santa Clara, CA
Student of Tina Kim
Juhye (Alice) Oh, flute 15 San Ramon, CA
Student of Yuna Kim
Matthew Lee, clarinet 15 Palo Alto, CA
Student of Hye Min Yun
Aileen Wan, flute 16 Irvine, CA
Student of Bolin Pan
Hana Snyder, flute 16 San Ramon, CA
Student of Yuna Kim
Jihyeok Chang, clarinet 16 Los Angeles, CA
Student of YunHee Lee and Zhou Jun
Joanna Choe, flute 16 Glenview, IL
Student of Hideko Amano and Evan Fojtik
Kerry Zeng, flute 17 Chengdu, China
Advanced Category, College Students and Professionals:
Anne Kim, oboe 22 San Jose, CA
Student of Sara Kim
Kevin Ho, clarinet 26 Saratoga, CA
Student of Tinal Song
Michael Rosenblatt 24 Moscow, Russia
Student of Elena Tkacheva

Third Place and Honorable Mention Winners will be notified of their standing via email.


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

Winners Recital Information

1. Each Winner will perform at one Recital. Recital date and time will be offered to the Winner based on the Competition results.

2. To change a performance repertoire, a $55 fee must be submitted on the Contact Us page no later than two months prior to the Recital.

3. Only piano accompaniment can be used at the Winners Recital. No acoustic system will be provided.

4. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. American Protege does not provide piano accompanist, but can recommend one (contact the office).

5. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations, etc.).

6. The total Recital and Photo Fee for Solo Participants is $400 and includes: Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, two (2) guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on stage. Participants and piano accompanists do not need tickets to be admitted to the backstage.

7. For Ensemble Member, Recital Fee is $250 per member plus $100 Photo Fee per group. The Recital and Photo Fees include: Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, two (2) guests’ tickets and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during ensemble’s performance on stage. Ensemble Members do not need tickets to be admitted to the backstage.

8. Extra performance time of up to 1 minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100.

9. Organizational Committee collects short biographies to introduce the performers at the Winners Recitals. American Protégé reserves the rights to edit, reduce and re-format any submitted biographies as it seems appropriate and fit into the Recital Brochure.

10. Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

11. During the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. participants, who are unable to or unwilling to take a risk to travel to NYC for the Recital, may request a Competition Winner’s Package with a non-refundable $300 fee. The Package includes online recognition, Winner’s Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, four Booklets with biographies and photos, and participation Plaque Trophy. International participants may arrange a Package pickup or request a shipment to the friends or relative residing in the U.S. We do not mail packages internationally.

12. Photography and video/audio recording is not permitted for audience at Carnegie Hall.

13. Detailed Winners Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the participants.


To pay a $300 Winners Package fee online please click on the button below. A transaction fee of $20 will be added to the fee amount. By clicking on the button you will be re-directed to PayPal.